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  1. 'More sinned against than sinning.' Is this the way Hardy presents women in 'Far From The Madding Crowd'?

    In the Victorian times, this would have been seen as very bad! Chapter one is the very first time that we see Bathsheba. Her entrance happens during the daytime and it is quite dramatic. The fact that she is wearing red creates more drama. This is because the colour red could mean romance or even blood, and blood could mean that bad things could happen. The red colour links with Sergeant Troy as well (a man that has a role in both Bathsheba's and Fanny's lives), and at the end of the book, he dies.

    • Word count: 1577
  2. Far from the madding crowd

    Chapter XIV concentrates on the repercussions on Boldwood of the receipt of a valentine card from a yet unknown admirer. With the chapter titled 'Sunrise' this gives us an immediate intention of what the chapter could be about, with 'sunrise' suggesting an awakening of new ideas, For Boldwood possibly the idea of love, which is a long forgotten concept for this seemingly confirmed 'bachelor'. The description of his parlour 'Where everything which was not grave was extraneous'- told the reader that everything that wasn't needed wasn't there, suggesting a life of basic necessity.

    • Word count: 1451
  3. "Far From the Madding Crowd" Why Did Bathsheba Send the Valentine and What Were the Consequences?

    "Married?" "No, Miss." "How old is he?" "Forty I should say - very handsome - rather stern looking." "What a bother this dusting is! I am always in some unfortunate plight or other," Bathsheba said complainingly... This shows that Bathsheba almost has an imaginary checklist in her mind ticking off all the positive things; Boldwood is a gentleman, which means he is rich, he is middle aged, and handsome. This makes her annoyed, as she was unavailable to answer the door when he knocked. He is also kind as he looked after a child called Fanny. She also finds out that many girls have tried to court him but none have been successful, so she tries to court him as an achievement and likes the idea of a challenge.

    • Word count: 1312
  4. Bathsheba and Oak are both very significant characters in the book

    Oak is obviously interested in the lady but the scene unfolds as Bathsheba decides not to pay the turnpike keeper the two pence that he wants. Gabriel approaches and gives the keeper the money. "Let the young woman pass" Bathsheba is neither pleased nor dismissive of Oak yet because of him she has lost her point. She thinks nothing of it apart from being a little disgruntled and carries but Gabriel talks to the gatekeeper who mentions her vanity. This casual meeting introduces the two characters to each other for the first time, little does Bathsheba know that this seemingly insignificant farmer will play such a great role in her life.

    • Word count: 1122
  5. How far does each of the main characters deserve their fate?

    A characteristic revealed at the same stage in the text as the ones mentioned is one which has a significant effect. This is Bathsheba's carelessness which points out that she has not yet suffered in love. This is shown when she sends a Valentines card to Boldwood with the words, 'Marry Me' on it. The narrator points out her carelessness, "so very idly and unreflecting was this deed done". The voice of Hardy frequently comes through the text. This feature of authorial intrusion is typical of nineteenth century writers.

    • Word count: 1136
  6. Trace the development of Bathsheba Everdene throughout the course of the novel.

    it as she will get known, but when he starts saying he needs commitment, she slowly losses interest and this shows that she has no real reason for wanting to marry him apart from the fact that she wants attention. "Dearly I shall like that" This leads onto her showing her vanity as she looks in her mirror for no reason at all as she smiles at herself. "She blushed at herself and seeing her reflection blush, blushed the more."

    • Word count: 1836
  7. Consider the validity of the statement 'Bathsheba Everdene is an effective feminist'.

    In doing this Hardy is trying to get across how much of a feminist Bathsheba is and how defiant she is. Bathsheba is seen as a woman of the 1870's set in the 1840's. It is clear that Bathsheba Everdene is an effective feminist at the beginning of the novel when Gabriel Oak asks her to marry him. Gabriel takes Bathsheba a lamb as a gift in order to see her, but when he arrives at the crofters cottage, where Bathsheba is staying with her aunt, he finds she is nowhere in sight, so he leaves the lamb with her aunt.

    • Word count: 1341
  8. How is Gabriel Oak portrayed to the reader as a heroic character in the opening chapters of the novel?

    This is stressing the positive quality of Oak's character. The reader starts to get an encouraging image of Gabriel once reading the first two paragraphs. Farmer Oak's background is rather straightforward although he has had many jobs. He is conscientious and thorough as he cares greatly on how everything is presented and what people think of him. He was firstly a shepherd and then a bailiff before becoming a farmer. His father was a shepherd, so he had grown up on a farm learning the skills required from his dad.

    • Word count: 1291
  9. Far From the Madding Crowd Assignment

    As Gabriel is travelling to the barn, he passes five unprotected ricks which hold half of the farm's rich produce for that year. As he is leaving the barn, he steps on a toad that was on the path at the foot of his front door. Gabriel is surprised to find a toad so close to the buildings, though he thinks no more of it. Little does he realise that the toad was only the first of nature's powerful warnings.

    • Word count: 1797
  10. Far From the Madding Crowd Review on Chapters 34 and 35 - What Happens In the Chapters?

    Boldwood walked away knowing that he was not forgiven. Farmer Boldwood was on his way home when he saw Troy entering the Carrier's house. He then hurried home and was as if he was to meet Troy at the Carrier's, when he heard someone say "Good-night" to the inmates. Boldwood hastened up to him. Boldwood then engaged in a conversation with sergeant Troy. Mr. Boldwood knew about Fanny and Troy and told Troy to marry Fanny and not Bathsheba. The problem lied here though because Troy and Bathsheba had already gotten married, but Boldwood had not found out about that yet.

    • Word count: 1157
  11. How Does Thomas Hardy suggest that this is a Moment of Transformation for Bathsheba Everdene?

    Hardy also informs us that this chapter will be full of action by the way, in which the sky is described to have a sense of activity within. The sun is shown as 'bristling ball of gold' which has 'long, luxuriant rays' which sweep over the tips of the ferns. All of these elementary factors play an important part within this chapter, but the role that the light plays within this chapter is even more so. The light is used to bring these two characters together and helps imply the atmosphere of the meeting.

    • Word count: 1361
  12. Explore Hardy's presentation of Bathsheba Everdene in "Far From The Madding Crowd". Do you think that she is a woman of or out of her time?

    She is portrayed as being a woman susceptible to flattery and jealousy, and extremely vain. Hardy has endowed her with self-confidence, efficiency, dignity and candour. Hardy has allowed Farmer Oak to study Bathsheba from afar without her knowledge. This technique is used several times in the first chapters of this novel; to inform the reader of different aspect's of Bathsheba's character. Vanity is the most obvious weakness in Bathsheba's temperament, and is made evident to the reader from her first appearance. In the first chapter, Oak studies the manner in which Bathsheba unwraps a mirror and "surveyed herself attentively...and smiled".

    • Word count: 1961
  13. Examine the proposals of Oak and Boldwood to Bathsheba Everdene. Discuss how they differ and why she refuses them.

    During both proposals Bathsheba gives out the wrong impression by mis leading the person that has proposed to her. Boldwood gets the wrong impression from Bathsheba when she sends him the valentine. Even though it was meant as a joke Boldwood does not see it that way. To Boldwood it was an "opportunity". The "marry me" envelope seal gives Boldwood hope of marriage to Bathsheba. With Oak, Bathsheba chases after him to make it seem like she wants marriage. He says, " when we be married" when she approaches which shows Oak was misled by Bathsheba.

    • Word count: 1032
  14. Far from the madding crowd - Close study of a passage from chapter 46: The Gurgoyle.

    Therefore in this instance the gargoyle which destroys all evidence of "Troy's Romanticism" acts as Fanny's protector. Also the church is an "erection of fourteenth-century date." In addition to the moral and religious centre of the village, the inhabitants of Weatherbury will have generations of relatives buried within its grounds. Connecting it to each member of the village. Therefore the destruction of Fanny's grave becomes symbolic of the villager's growing dislike and eventual dismissal of Troy. The feelings of "regret" felt by Oak and Boldwood build to the mass hatred of him. This is particularly true of the characters surrounding Bathsheba who are most affected by Troy's deception and Fanny's death.

    • Word count: 1439
  15. Far From The Madding Crowd - Chronicle the relationship between Bathsheba Everdene and one of the three men (Oak, Boldwood or Troy) in her life. Who was the most to blame for the difficulties encountered in the course of their relationship?

    "Let the young woman pass," is what Gabriel said as he draws near and hands the keeper the money. This meeting introduces the two characters to the reader for the first time, but they do not know that they will both play an important part in each other's lives. Not long after the meeting, Gabriel sees Bathsheba from a "birds eye view", this is when he realises that he feels something towards Bathsheba. "Having for some time known the want of a satisfactory form to fill an increasing void within him, his position moreover affording the widest scope for his fancy, he painted her a beauty."

    • Word count: 1251
  16. "Far From The Madding Crowd" Blind Date Script.

    C: Alright love, well, best of luck tonight, and please don't be scared of the date cards if you're picked 'cause we've only got so long, you know. Okay, number two, what's your name and where do you come from? T: Hello, Cilla, my love, my name's Frank Troy and I'm from Weatherbury too! C: Hiya Frank. Tell us all a bit about yourself, love. T: Well, I'm 31, I'm a Sergeant in the Army, so I travel a lot, and I enjoy sword fighting, so I spend a lot of my spare time practising that, and, I'm quite skilled if I may say so myself.

    • Word count: 1497
  17. With Reference to two night scenes Compare and Contrast Hardy's Presentation and consider his use of Time and Place.

    It also helps to intensify the action-in the sense that it is more like watching a film than looking at a portrait. During the passage Hardy use many metaphors and similes in order to further illustrate the action taking place in the scene, He describes the sparks leaping from the fire, "Like birds from a nest" and the smoke rising from the wheat ricks "like passing clouds." He also uses great attention to detail in his description of the lighted pieces of straw lying on the ground "as if they were knots of red worms."

    • Word count: 1215
  18. The Theme of the Pain of Love in Far From the Madding Crowd.

    He instantly begins flirting with her and she tries not to but does. The pair are instantly smitten with each other, although only Troy shows his true feelings. For the time being, Bathsheba keeps her feelings hidden from others, particularly Troy. Troy, who appears the person least likely to spend time in the country, continues to stay and help at the farm. He was going to lend a hand anyway but now he knows of Bathsheba's presence, he is even more eager to stay and help.

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  19. Consider, with particular reference to Far from the madding crowd, the attitudes towards relationships between men and women conveyed in these texts reveal any marked changes in attitude?

    For instance Bathsheba, John Thomas and Rudy are shown to be quite extremely proud, confident and vain this is shown by the author and foreseen by some of the other characters. "She simply observed herself as a fair product of nature in the feminine kind, Her thoughts seeming to glide into far -off though likely dramas in which men would play a part-vistas of probable triumphs-the smiles being of a phase suggesting that hearts were imagined as lost and won".

    • Word count: 1312
  20. What is the significance of the character, Fanny Robin in the novel "Far From the Madding Crowd?"

    She is first shown as a "1vulnerable little shape" this is when she appeals to Troy in an attempt to beg him to keep his promise to marry her and reflects of the description which makes her become powerless to the relationship. Further on in the story line it illustrates Robin's nature. When Troy fails to keep his promise to marry her Fanny becomes upset and this is leading her to death because she is not strong enough in body and not in mind as well.

    • Word count: 1877
  21. To what extent is “Far From the Madding Crowd” about obsession?

    These include Oak, Boldwood and Troy. The primary fixation we are made aware of is her preoccupation with her appearance. Her vanity is evident from the very beginning of the novel. This obsession causes her to crave attention from every man she desires and ignore the attention of those who she does not consider "worthy of her notice". Because Oak does not flatter Bathsheba in the way she would like, she chooses to ignore his feelings towards her and treats him with little respect. She soon finds another distraction - Farmer Boldwood.

    • Word count: 1553
  22. 'Far from the madding crowd' - Several natural catastrophes happen over the course of the novel; the dog’s driving the sheep off the cliff, the fire, the sheep’s feeding upon young clover, the storm - What role do these events play with respect

    On many occasions he proves himself to be strong minded, trustworthy and knowledgeable about farming matters. In chapter five Gabriel's sheep are run off a cliff by his young sheep-dog. This has made him destitute and instead of seeing hatred we are shown Gabriel's compassion. On page 44 it says "his first feeling now was one of pity for the untimely fate of these gentle ewes and their unborn lambs". This showed me that though Gabriel had lost all his wealth he is still kind-hearted enough to feel sorry for the gentle sheep that had just lost their lives.

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  23. What do you find of interest in Hardy's presentation of Bathsheba and Fanny's experiences in far from the madding crowd?

    Fanny shows her strength as she almost pulls herself down the road by the will of her mind, 'holding onto the rail she advanced, thrusting one hand forward, then the other, leaning over it whilst she dragged her feet on beneath' a lesser woman would have just sat down and given up, but she shows us her strength of character as she tricks her body into making the steps, that would take her ever nearer, to her death, so to speak..

    • Word count: 1441
  24. Far from the madding crowd - How does Hardy present the idea 'the pain of love' in his depiction of the relationships between Bathsheba Everdene and Sergeant Troy, and Bathsheba and Farmer Boldwood?

    He said. 'Twas unwillingly shown" she replied, stiffly. This unkind manner attracts Troy to her and ignites a relationship between them, where Troy's flirtatious and dishonest ways, already expressed in their first meeting, are destined to destroy it. Troy's display of swordsmanship in Chapter 28, indicates another example of the pain of love, in which Bathsheba must sacrifice her own safety to be with Sergeant Troy. Though Bathsheba, at first, oblivious to her near death, due to her believing Troy's lie that the sword was blunt.

    • Word count: 1371
  25. How effective is the opening chapter of the novel “Far from the Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy.

    Gabriel love for Bathsheba is honest and kind even though she rejects him. Boldwood shows an obsessive love and Troy shows us an arrogant side, as he is attracted to looks and the sexual side of love rather than personality. Every major scene in the novel has a background based on nature, like when Gabriel lost all of his sheep and when the storm nearly destroyed the farm. The novel also shows the calmness of nature like the changing of the seasons and harvest and summer time. The seasons and time are also told by nature by the positions of the sun, as they have nothing else to use for time.

    • Word count: 1218

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare 'After the First Death' with Far From the Madding crowd,' with special consideration of each author's style and characterisation.

    "The intended audience is obviously to be different as they are written in completely different centuarys.In my opinion, 'After the first Death' appeals to the younger generation, as it has less complex language and a stronger type of 'adventure' in the plot which appeals to them. In comparison, 'Far from the Madding crowd', appeals to the more 'rustic' concerned characters, who enjoy the courtyside imagry. I personally feel that both novels are successul in fufilling their aims to achieve the type of enjoyment intended audinces require."

  • One of the great strengths of Far From The Madding Crowd is Hardys contrasting portrayals of Gabriel Oak and Sergeant Frank Troy. Discuss this observation on the novel

    "In conclusion, the greatest strength of ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ to me is the contrasting portrayals of Oak and Troy. There are, however, many other strengths in the novel, including the themes and the descriptions of scenery. The most important character contrast is between Troy; a selfish philanderer who only thinks of himself and Oak, who is the opposite because he is gentle, kind and honourable. Hardy’s descriptions of Troy and Oak give us a lot of insight into both characters. Hardy’s power with words is never more evident when describing Troy in a nutshell: ‘idiosyncrasy and vicissitude had combined to stamp Sergeant Troy as an exceptional being.’ Oak and Troy are so different it is easy to understand why the portrayal of Oak and Troy is the novels greatest strength. Hardy sums up the difference between Oak and Troy excellently when he avers: "Troy's deformities lay deep down from a woman's vision, whilst his embellishments were upon the very surface, thus contrasting with homely Oak, whose defects were patent to the blindest, and whose virtues were as metal in a mine.""

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